How To Treat stomach Ulcers Naturally

Treating stomach Ulcers Naturally

Your body can develop gastric ulcers in different parts, especially in the stomach lining. If you have stomach ulcers, you can count on natural home remedies to relieve the pain and other associated symptoms.

What are stomach ulcers?

Stomach ulcers are also referred to as gastric ulcers, peptic ulcers, or duodenal ulcers. These are sores that develop in the lining of the stomach or the first part of the small intestine (duodenum).

When stomach acid irritates the stomach lining, stomach ulcers develop.

Below are 10 evidence-based home remedies to help relieve stomach ulcers you should try:

1.     Probiotics

Probiotics (living organisms) which are found in yoghurts, is a natural treatment for gastric ulcers. They help to restore balance to the bacteria found in the digestive tract.

Probiotics also help to achieve optimal gut health alongside ulcer treatment.

Despite the inability of probiotics to kill H. pylori bacteria, according to a 2014 review, they may help with the following:

·       reduce the volume of bacteria

·       speed up the treatment process

·       combat some symptoms.

Also, when taken alongside other treatments, probiotics may help eradicate harmful bacteria.

Sources of probiotics include:

·       Yoghurts

·       Fermented Foods

·       Probiotic supplements which have higher concentrations of probiotics

2.     Ginger

Are you among the millions of people who believe in ginger’s gastroprotective effects? Ginger can treat stomach and digestive problems such as bloating, constipation, and gastritis.

According to suggestions in a 2013 study review, ginger can help in treating gastric ulcers provoked by H. pylori bacteria. If the cause of your ulcers is NSAIDs, eat some ginger and you may prevent it.

3.     Plantain bananas

According to a suggestion from a 2011 research review, unripe plantains ( a specie of bananas) may have a treatment effect on peptic ulcers.

In unripe plantains are a flavonoid called leucocyanidin. When you eat plantains, leucocyanidin helps to increase the volume of mucus in your stomach. This may reduce acidity, hence preventing and relieving symptoms and pains from ulcers.

4.     Colorful fruits

Flavonoids (polyphenols) are medicinal compounds that contribute to the rich colors of many fruits. 

Apart from having antioxidant properties and treating other digestive issues such as spasms and diarrhea, polyphenols can also help with protecting the stomach lining from developing ulcers.

Flavonoids increase stomach mucus which deters the growth of H. pylori bacteria.

You can get flavonoids from these fruits:

·       lemons and oranges

·       blueberries

·       apples

·       cherries

·       nuts

5.     Honey

The antimicrobial properties of honey are one of the reasons honey is a popular natural sweetener. When it comes to treating stomach ulcers caused by H. pylori, go for manuka honey.

People also apply honey to heal wounds faster. They include skin ulcers and burns.

6.     Garlic

Garlic is one of the most popular spices worldwide, it is also rich in antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. This makes it a helpful remedy in combating infections.

Some studies are positive on garlic’s effectiveness in preventing and treating ulcers or helping speed up the healing process. A small-scale study in 2015 suggests that eating 2 garlic cloves with a meal twice a day can produce positive anti-bacterial effects against the growth of H. pylori.

7.     Turmeric

Turmeric is a super healthy yellow spice used mostly in India and throughout other parts of southern Asia. In turmeric is a potent compound called curcumin, also present in chili peppers.

Researchers are beginning to focus more on the health benefits of curcumin.  A 2013 review established that curcumin contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may help inhibit stomach ulcers.

8.     Chamomile

Besides treating minor anxiety, intestinal spasms, and inflammation with chamomile flowers and chamomile teas as some people do, there are anti-ulcer properties in chamomile extracts, suggests a 2012 study review on animals studies. 

With more studies, researchers can conclude on the effects on humans.

9.     Licorice

This popular native Mediterranean and Asian spice is an ancient and traditional medication in those regions.  Some people eat the dried root of licorice, believing it can help prevent and cure ulcers.

However, the focus of research studies is on supplements, not dried licorice roots. So, trying this natural treatment to combat H. pylori growth and infections using a licorice supplement may be more useful.

10.  Aloe vera

Many topical lotions, cosmetics and even foods come with aloe vera, a popular plant-based oil.

Some studies that focused on the potency of aloe vera in the treatment of stomach ulcers produced positive results.

A good example is a 2011 study on rats whose results showed that aloe vera treated ulcers more or less like a widely held anti-ulcer medication does.

In conclusion, remember that animal studies produced many of these results above. So, the effects of most of these natural remedies in humans may still not be perfectly similar and that’s why these remedies require additional research studies.